Students at Hoffman Estates High School spent the week prior to spring break doing something other than finishing last-minute projects, dreaming of warm weather, and preparing for spring athletics. They participated in a spring charity event that benefited children.
A group of fourth-year educators at HEHS decided the beginning of spring would be better spent organizing a Charity Bash. The event was created for the fourth-year teachers' project and raised more than $650 to donate to Feed My Starving Children, which helps feed children all over the world. That equates to more than 3,000 meals that the organization can provide.
"The goal of the Charity Bash was to bring awareness to some of the outstanding charities in the surrounding area and get the students excited about giving back to their community," said Tony Ganas, a fourth year teacher and project lead.
Coin War jars were used to collect funds for the Charity Bash.
Teachers gave their students a chance to vote online for the charity they wanted to raise money for. Feed My Starving Children, located in Schaumburg, received the most votes. All money raised during the weeklong event benefited the organization.
Several events took place during Charity Bash. One popular event was called a coin war, in which students competed against each other and increased donations through friendly competition.
"The Coin War allows students to earn positive points for putting coins in their class' jar and negative points by putting dollar bills in other class' jars," said Mary Kate Brzozowski, fourth-year teacher at HEHS. "It was great to see the students really get into the spirit of competition."
Senior Miranda Lewis designed shirts that were sold as part of the event. There was also a photo booth for students to take pictures with their friends. Science teacher Barry Jeong volunteered to play music and acted as the MC at lunch during the Charity Bash.
"It was awesome," said HEHS junior Tylic Grace. "Everyone was dancing and having fun."